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McKeown is confident ahead of Ulster Open hat-trick bid


Jordan McKeown is determined to make amends for his defeat in the Johnston Campbell North of Ireland Open final when he defends his men's singles title at the Ulster Championship at the Boat Club this week.

The 19-year-old from Bangor missed out on retaining the trophy in Hillsborough at the weekend when he lost to professional tour player Peter Bothwell in the final.

However, McKeown insists he has learned from the experience and will take the lessons into this week's showpiece.

He will be bidding for a hat-trick of titles at the Ulster Open, having beaten six-times champion Przemec Stec and Cian McDonnell in the last two finals.

McKeown said: "Playing Peter in the final at Hillsborough was a great experience but I felt I could have competed better.

"However, I certainly learnt what it takes to compete at that level and in terms of defending my title at the Boat Club, I'll need to play my best tennis.

"The competition is high again this year but I can take great confidence in what I achieved last week and I hope to improve in the areas that I fell short in during the final."

Men's singles qualifying continued last night at the Boat Club and Aaron Stubbs exacted swift revenge for last week's loss to Bradley Yates at the North of Ireland.

The Donaghadee ace came from a set down to beat the CIYMS player 3-6, 6-0, 6-3.

Belfast Telegraph